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Method to automatically adjust views within a folder based on number of objects under representation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015159D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method to automatically adjust views within a folder based on number of objects under representation One of the problems with graphical management of filesystems is the clutter that grows as more and more items (files represented by icons) are held in folders (representing filesystems). Fortunately, GUI developers have helped alleviate this with two main adjustments a user can use: scrollbars and the ability to change the view of a folder. The scrollbars not only give the user the "up and down' ability to view icons within a very full folder but allow the side-to-side scrolling to help cover territory. Additionally, the ability to adjust those views are enhanced by letting the user show the icons in the folders in alternative ways: large icons, small icons and "list" are the typical methods in most GUI's. Secondly, GUI's use of varying sizes of icons is helpful, but can still make management of filesystems a bit tedious. By default, when a system is created, the views of the folder falls into a default mode(large icons is typical of most operating systems). If the folder gets full, the user must modify the view from large icons to small icons so they can view more information in the limited space of the folder expansion. If the number of icons still grows larger, the user is then forced to convert from the small icon view to the one presented by the "list" view.

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Method to automatically adjust views within a folder based on number of objects

under representation

One of the problems with graphical management of filesystems is the clutter that grows as more and more items (files represented by icons) are held in folders (representing filesystems). Fortunately, GUI developers have helped alleviate this with two main adjustments a user can use: scrollbars and the ability to change the view of a folder. The scrollbars not only give the user the "up and down' ability to view icons within a very full folder but allow the side-to-side scrolling to help cover territory. Additionally, the ability to adjust those views are enhanced by letting the user show the icons in the folders in alternative ways: large icons, small icons and "list" are the typical methods in most GUI's.

Secondly, GUI's use of varying sizes of icons is helpful, but can still make management of filesystems a bit tedious. By default, when a system is created, the views of the folder falls into a default mode(large icons is typical of most operating systems). If the folder gets full, the user must modify the view from large icons to small icons so they can view more information in the limited space of the folder expansion. If the number of icons still grows larger, the user is then forced to convert from the small icon view to the one presented by the "list" view.

The proposal in this disclosure is to allow the user to set up defaults and thresholds in which the views presented within a GUI folder depends on the number of items represented by the folder (directory). The algorithm is fairly simple:

When the user double-clicks a folder icon to view the contents of the folder: if (number of objects in sub...